The volume presents research on state and society in Republican China exploring various aspects of Republican history from the governance perspective. Governance is understood in a broader sense as interactions between state and society, including both the discursive process of social decision-making and the provision of (non-)material public goods. Topics highlighted are: the internationalization of disaster relief, the philanthropic governance of overseas Chinese in Xiamen, the transformation of the cultural group "World Society", historical writing and intellectual autonomy as well as the construction of warlord identity.
Mechthild Leutner is Professor of Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.
Izabella Goikhman is Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood", Freie Universität Berlin.